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Taormina

From ancient treasures to Sicilian culture and an active volcano, this town has something for everyone.

Our most recommended things to do in Taormina

Taormina: 2.5-Hour Food and Wine Walking Tour

1. Taormina: 2.5-Hour Food and Wine Walking Tour

Hear about the old food traditions of Sicily on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Taormina. Meet local chefs and food heroes at 3 different venues and immerse yourself in the food scene. Try fresh seafood such as pepata di cozze (mussels in sauce) or alici alla beccafico con pesto trapanese (filled anchovies with pesto) paired with white wines from the region. Try a variety of bruschetta and other appetizers including cold cuts, soups, cheese with honey and marmalade and caponata (an eggplant dish from Sicily). Savor red wines such as Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria and end with a tasting of local pastries and liquors.

Taormina: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to the Ancient Theater

2. Taormina: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to the Ancient Theater

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Ancient Theater of Taormina and enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry privileges. Take a stirring journey through the archaeological ruins and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace. After the one of Syracusa, the Ancient Theater of Taormina is the largest building for shows in the Italian Peninsula. The archaeological site offers the opportunity to step back into the past as well as enjoy the views of the surrounding landscapes. The Greek building, built in a dominant position, dates back, by layout, to the III-II century B.C., but the monument you can admire today appears in the forms acquired in the roman imperial age under the emperor Trajan or Hadrian. It becomes an amphitheater under the emperor Caracalla and, in the same period, the orchestra was converted into an arena to host gladiator fights. After centuries of neglect, in 1465, part of the monument was used as a palace of residence of the Zumbo family.

From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

3. From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

Explore the highest, active volcano in Europe on this day tour from Taormina. Travel by cable car and jeep to the top of Mount Etna with a local guide. After being picked up, relax as you are driven to visit the highest volcano in Europe with its smoking peak seen throughout Sicily. Drive to the Mount Etna Refuge with the opportunity for refreshments as you ready yourself for further ascent.  Climb higher by cable car up to 2,500 meters. Continue by jeeps up to the authorized upper crater zones with the assistance of licensed guides of the Italian Alpine Club. See the 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zone according to weather conditions.

Giardini Naxos: Semi-Submarine Tour to Isola Bella

4. Giardini Naxos: Semi-Submarine Tour to Isola Bella

Discover the rich underwater world of Giardini Naxos, Taormina, and Isola Bella on this guided tour aboard an air-conditioned submarine. Have the chance to spot sea creatures like dolphins, barracudas, octopuses, big groupers, and stingrays. Hop aboard a comfortable, bright-red submarine in Giardini Naxos and plunge down to the seabed. Have the option to go below or head up to the above deck area. Look for moray eels and schools of juvenile barracudas as you cruise through the vast meadow of oceanic posidonia grass in Isola Bella.  Feel the romance as you pass by the Cave of Lovers and experience the Blue Grotto from below. Take a look under the waves at the Bay of Sirens and venture into the protected waters of a nature reserve.   Upon returning to your meeting point, if the weather and sea conditions allow it, there is the possibility of spotting playful dolphins which populated this stretch of sea in eastern Sicily.

Taormina 5-Hour Tour in the Footsteps of The Godfather

5. Taormina 5-Hour Tour in the Footsteps of The Godfather

Join this fun and laid-back tour and experience some breathtaking scenery along with some hair-raising curves on the hills outside of Taormina. You’ll visit the towns of Savoca and Forza D'Agro on this 5-hour excursion. Relive some of the scenes from The Godfather. Sit in Marlon Brando's chair in the famous Bar Vitelli in Savoca. The bar, famous for its lemon granita, is still owned by the family who were there during the filming. See the interior of the church where Michael married his Apollonia! Walk down alleyways in Al Pacino's footsteps, as Michael and Apollonia did after the wedding. Nearby you’ll see Forza d'Agrò, an attractive medieval village dominated by a 16th-century castle overlooking the coast. The Church of Sant'Agostino features in the scene where Vito escapes to America, hotly pursued by Don Ciccio's men. This is definitely a trip down memory lane!

Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

6. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local produce and take part in a small tasting of salamis and cheeses. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

Taormina: Boat Cruise with Swimming and Aperitif

7. Taormina: Boat Cruise with Swimming and Aperitif

Cruise through the beautiful waters along the coast of Taormina. See the Bay of Giardini Naxos, the entire Gulf of the first Sicilian Greek Colony, and beautiful coves along the coast of Taormina. Swim in warm crystal clear waters and enjoy fresh fruit and an aperitif on this daytime boat tour. Board a typical Sicilian launch boat and set out on this coastal boat tour for a trip full of beautiful sights, fun, relaxation and music. Start the tour from the Bay of Giardini Naxos, and admire the scenery as the boat skirts the entire gulf of the first Sicilian Greek colony. Discover enchanting places along the way, like the magnificent natural coves of Taormina. Enjoy stops on the tour and take the opportunity to dive into the crystalline emerald green waters while tasting fresh fruit accompanied by an aperitif.

Taormina: Ancient Theater Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

8. Taormina: Ancient Theater Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Visit the Ancient Theater of Taormina with this guided tour and enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry privileges. Take a journey through the archaeological ruins and learn the history. Step back into the past with a visit to the Ancient Theater of Taormina. After the one of Syracusa, the Ancient Theater of Taormina is the largest building for shows in the Italian Peninsula. Learn about the Greek building that dates back to the 3rd-2nd century BCE. See how the Romans under Emperor Trajan and Hadrian changed the monument/ Discover the amphitheatre and orchestra, converted under Emperor Caracalla and hear tales of gladiator fights during this period.

From Taormina: Sunset Experience on Mount Etna Upper Craters

9. From Taormina: Sunset Experience on Mount Etna Upper Craters

Begin your journey by boarding a bus with your knowledgeable tour leader. This will take you approximately 1,900 meters (about 6,233 feet) up Mount Etna, where you will then switch to jeeps in order to get within a safe distance of the main crater area at 3,000 meters (about 9,840 feet) elevation.  During your ascent, you’ll be escorted by licensed guides of the CAI - Italian Alpine Club. Mount Etna is an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, and the tallest active volcano in Europe, standing at 3,350 meters (about 10,990 feet).  It’s also one of the most active volcanoes in the world and in an almost constant state of activity since its first eruption about half a million years ago. After reaching the highest authorized area, stop to experience a stunning sunset as the fading sun’s colors cover the volcano, the Valley of the Bove, and all of the expansive surroundings.  Following the sunset, return by jeep to 1,900 meters, at which point it will be time for dinner (cost not included) in a local restaurant to finish off the evening.

Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

10. Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

Relax on this 2-hour boat tour of the Taormina coastline. The tour will depart from the Giardini Naxos port before taking you out into the expansive turquoise sea, sailing past many beautiful sights along the way. The tour includes visits to some stunning places around Taormina, such as Cape Schisò, Cape Taormina, Cross Rock, Prickly Pears Rock. See the Cave of the Mermaids, Grotta Azzurra, the Coral Cave, the Ziu Innaru Rock and the Bay of Mazzaro. You have the chance to stop at the breathtaking Isola Bella bay and plunge yourself into the crystal clear waters for some swimming or snorkeling. You will enjoy a snack and a drink at the bay before returning back to the port. This is a truly unmissable way to see the natural beauty of Taormina from the sea. 

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What people are saying about Taormina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,093 reviews

We wanted this trip but sadly we couldn't book it in English. After a call with Giselle from the helpdesk she helped us wonderfully. She told is she will help us if thats possible and that she would call to the guides to see if she could arrange something. After 5 mins she called us back and It seemed something was wrong with the system and she could hold our spots for some time. We had to book the tour in italian and she would make sure that it will be changed to English. The next day we had a wonderful trip to the Etna with a really nice guide who knows what he does in English! Thanks to Giselle from Get Your Guide we could do this trip! Thanks for all the help!

Massimo was very knowledgeable and excellent teacher. The food was very tasty and for everyone there is an option. After very fun cooking class we enjoyed a lot pf great food and wines . Thank you Massimo.

everything was super ok, but as an advice: try to go there at 9 am because is less crowded and the heat is beareble :)

everything was amazing, the view, the stories told by the captain, the drinks. I highly recommend! ❤️

Collected on time , great time at the vineyard, plenty of wine. Lunch was great with again more wine